Sunken Garden Restoration

A painting of the Sunken Garden by Mary Ward in 1864

We have so much to offer here at Castle Ward that our gardens have occasionally gone overlooked. We're rectifying that with a project for the Sunken Garden that will restore it to a high-Victorian arrangement with a kaleidoscope of colours and plants. We're working to recreate the garden in Mary Ward's painting of 1864 and make the place a real showpiece. The project will include removing the pond, and installing 61 parterres (ornamental beds) so there's plenty of work for our gardener and his volunteers.

The sunken garden will see some major changes as part of the project
The Sunken Garden in the midst of a restoration project

Latest posts

12 Jan 18

The garden re-opens!

The garden has re-opened! After the months of hard work, delays from suppliers, storms and badgers, the project is almost complete (well, apart from the upkeep!) and has reopened to visitors. . We're really looking forward to seeing the space in the warmer months when the flowers start to come into bloom. Make sure to visit soon to see the amazing transformation of the space.

The Sunken Garden project at Castle Ward

14 Dec 17

Spring is on its way

The beds have now been planted with 7500 spring bulbs by Andy and Richard. Come early spring, we should start to see the colours of the tulips and hyacinths appear in a wash of blues, whites and purples.

The Sunken Garden project at Castle Ward

30 Nov 17

Grass - coming soon

The Ranger team pitched in to get the surrounding area of the garden all ready for the new turf - finally the place won't look quite so bare!

The Sunken Garden project at Castle Ward, Co. Down